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Are you looking for a selection of great books to read before travelling to England or perhaps books to read while in England?
This article contains a fantastic selection of some of the best English novels – fiction/modern fiction and non-fiction books for you to peruse at your leisure!
How do I possibly choose just a few (9 in total) for this list of my best books about England? It could literally have ended up having hundreds of books on it and that would be slightly overwhelming for you the reader!
I have therefore decided to choose my top 3 books about England in the following categories for this article!
Classic English Fiction
Modern English Fiction
Non-fiction books about England
Let me know if you agree with my choices in the comment section – are there other best books about England you would have included in your top 3 in each category?
In terms of modern English fiction, my favourite author is Kate Atkinson. Ever since I read her first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum I have been a fan. If you have yet to read any of her books I would recommend the Jackson Brodie series (a Private Investigator working in Edinburgh)
And lastly, my final category is for those books that just represent the idiosyncrasies and often absurdities of English life so well.
If you enjoy a good laugh or are want to explore more of England then these are the books for you! And my favourite has to be the musings of America’s own Bill Bryson!
Best books about England
A selection of the best books about England (or set in England)
Set on the hauntingly beautiful Cornish coast this is an absolute page turner. The story is narrated by the nameless second Mrs de Winter as she seeks to find the truth behind the death of the beautiful Rebecca – the first Mrs de Winter.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
So who is your Mr Darcy? Although I have read the book Colin Firth’s depiction is the mental image I have in my head of what My Darcy should look like!! This is such a classic novel by Jane Austen and is loved the world over. If you haven’t read it grab a copy now and find out about the life and loves of Elizabeth Bennet!
This dark tale set on the bleak Yorkshire moors tells of the doomed love affair between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. This classic novel is by Emily Bronte – her only novel. If you like me had to read this at school I would recommend reading it again – its so much better when you aren’t expected to write an essay on it afterwards!
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ENGLAND - MODERN FICTION
It is impossible to have a list that doesn’t include Kate Atkinson – for me the most brilliant of English authors (and a Northerner too like me) If you haven’t read any of her books yet you are in for a treat!
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Elinor Oliphant is a happy introvert with a well organised simple life whose entire world is about to crumble based on one act of kindness.
THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
A coming of age novel based in Nottingham during the heatwave of 1976 – if you can remember that heatwave (I can) read this!
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ENGLAND - NON FICTION
An entertaining trip through England discovering some of the most bizarre and eccentric aspects of English life. Great gift for any Anglophile!
MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN
A fantastic guide to things to do in England throughout the year – if you are putting together a list of great English experiences to add to your bucket-list then this is the book for you!
THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING
To say that I could not stop laughing when I read this book is a total understatement. As a huge fan of Bill Bryson (who isn’t?) his musings and observations about life in England is both charming and hilarious (mainly because he just gets us Brits so well!! Though he did marry one!)
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